Canada Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine For Age 12 And Older

In this April 23, 2021 photo, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa. Drug maker Pfizer says, Friday, April 30, it will start sending U.S.-produced COVID-19 vaccines to Canada next week. It's the first time the U.S. has allowed that company’s vaccine exported north. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

(AP) — Canada’s health regulators say they’ve become the first to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people as young as 12.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also is expected to authorize Pfizer’s vaccine for young by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

Wednesday”s announcement comes barely a month after the company found that its shot provided protection for the younger group. Preliminary results from that study of 2,260 U.S. volunteers ages 12 to 15 showing there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated adolescents compared with 18 among those given dummy shots.


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